BLM to Host Virtual Public Meeting Regarding Converse County Environmental Impact Statement Adaptive Management Plan
CASPER, Wyo. – The BLM is encouraging the public to attend a virtual meeting to begin development of the adaptive management plan for non-eagle raptor timing limitation stipulation (TLS) relief within the Converse County Oil and Gas Project area. The virtual meeting will be held with the BLM, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department from 6-8 p.m. on March 25, 2021. The meeting will be conducted virtually through Zoom.
Traditionally, oil and gas TLS are conditions of approval to avoid surface disturbance or occupancy within a half-mile buffer of non-eagle raptor nests between Feb 1-July 31. During development of the Converse County final environmental impact statement, 98 incidents of TLS relief were approved for possible use over the 10-year construction phase of the project.
“We are asking all interested members of the public interested in the development of the adaptive management plan, to join us to hear about the next steps as outlined in the Converse County approved record of decision,” said Josh Cocke, acting field manager, Casper Field Office.
Register in advance for the webinar by visiting https://blm.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_Akx0xerOTO-4I8B4uG8sVg. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
As directed by the record of decision, this public meeting is part of the BLM Casper Field Office’s development of the adaptive management plan in coordination with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $111 billion in economic output across the country in fiscal year 2019—more than any other agency in the Department of the Interior. These activities supported more than 498,000 jobs.